You have termites and you’re searching for a natural method to kill these destructive pests. If you have a massive infestation, it’s often better to forget the natural treatments and call in a professional.
This may seem like a drastic measure, but termites can cause structural damage to your home.
If allowed to feast on the wood in your home, there may be so much damage that the home needed severe repairs or may be inhabitable. But if you’re just starting to notice these pests around your home, there are home remedies for termites that will work well.
But again, if the problem persists, you’ll want to call an exterminator or have the home’s structural integrity examined.
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4 Home Remedies to Get Rid of Termites
1. Orange Oil
A surprise DIY termite treatment that many people don’t know about is using orange oil to kill termites. This oil is readily available online, and there are even organic options available to ensure that the oil is as pure as possible.
The main killing component in this oil is d-limonene.
You can also buy this compound, but it’s recommended that you use orange oil. This compound has a strong smell of oranges, and it’s the reason that the rind of lemons and oranges have their smell.
D-limonene can be distilled without breaking down, and it’s often found in cleaning products as a solvent.
The reason people don’t use this compound directly is that it’s combustible, so it does pose a danger when applied to furniture. But when you use it via orange oil, it doesn’t maintain this combustion element, which is why it’s always important to use orange oil.
What you’ll need for this treatment is:
- Orange oil
- A rag
You’ll want to wear gloves and apply the oil to a rag which, will them apply the oil on surfaces where termites are seen. This will need to be reapplied for several days until the termites have had the time to go through the applied oil.
Be very generous with this oil.
In the event that the infestation is very intense, you’ll want to drill a small hole in the wall where you know termites are present. Some people will use a stethoscope to listen for termites activity in the wall. This is what many professionals will do.
When you find where the activity is most prominent, drill a hole in the wall and inject orange oil into the hole.
Keep reinjecting the oil over a period of several days, and you’ll kill a lot of termites along the way.
2. Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is a pest killer we recommend keeping in every home. This substance will kill everything from carpenter ants to termites and countless other insects. The best thing is that it isn’t toxic to humans or animals, so there is no need to worry when using DE to kill any type of pests.
You’ll find this substance online or in some local hardware stores.
DE will break through the outer shell of termites and many other bugs. Surprisingly, this will not kill the pest alone. But over a short period of just a few days, the shell will start to dry out, and the DE will cause the termites to essentially die from dehydration and drying out.
It sounds almost cruel, but these pests will eat through the beams supporting your home, so drastic action is needed.
All you need to do is sprinkle DE in areas of the home where you see termite activity developing. Small coatings work best. You’ll repeat this process once a day over a week or so and then reevaluate the situation to determine what to do next.
You can also sprinkle this substance around the foundation of the home.
3. Neem Oil
Neem oil has an odd smell, but it’s also nontoxic and safe to use. A lot of pets are repelled by the smell of neem oil, and they won’t be harmed by neem oil either. This is a lot like the orange oil in application, and in some respects, it’s even more effective.
The reason why is that neem oil is a natural growth regulator.
What this means is that it will not allow the termites to molt, which is required for them to go through new phases as they progress to adults. And this will actually cause termites to stop eating and laying eggs, resulting in a short-lived infestation.
Note: Termites need to come in contact with neem oil to die, so you need to place the oil in strategic areas.
You’ll need neem oil, which can be purchased in many stores and online, and application is best done with a cotton ball.
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Now, all you need to do is:
- Apply to infested areas generously
- Apply to any furniture being eaten
- Reapply regularly
If you apply neem oil in the appropriate spots, it will kill the termites and stop future termites from spawning.
Borax is a potent termite killer, and it will kill subterranean termites quickly and effectively. This is a great method that even some professionals will use. What happens is that the borax will also dehydrate the termite much like DE, but it also causes a disruption in their nervous system that causes the system itself to shut down.
Applying borax needs to be done every 2 – 3 days to ensure that these pests have been killed.
All you need to do is apply borax evenly wherever it is that you find termites. Some people will even make a spray that they put on wood to deter termites. This spray can be made by:
- Adding 1 tsp of borax into a spray bottle
- Adding 8 ounces of water into a spray bottle
Shake up the mixture really well, and spray your furniture and any areas where an infestation has broken out. This natural method works very well, but you need to be very cautious when using this method when you have pets.
If ingested, borax can be toxic to pets.
So, if you have pets, you may want to try the previous DIY termite treatments listed.